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May tinatago? Calida slams Morales for keeping status of Duterte probe secret

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Solicitor General Jose Calida has criticized Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales from hiding the results of her office’s investigation over the alleged hidden wealth and undeclared bank accounts of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Calida said he wrote the Office of the Ombudsman about the status of the case and received a reply from Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang that it is already been “closed and terminated” upon the approval of Deputy Ombudsman Cyril Ramos on November 29.

“Ombudsman Carpio-Morales, being the Ombudsman, must be the protector of the people. She has the constitutional duty to publicize matters covered by investigations when the circumstances so warrant and with due prudence,” he said on Tuesday (February 13).

“This case involves the President of the Republic of the Philippines. Why are you withholding this information? When this case was filed, a press conference was even conducted. Three months after the termination of the case, the public has still no knowledge that the evidence supporting the allegations of Trillanes is without merit,” he pointed out.

The case stemmed from the criminal complaint filed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV before the Office of the Ombudsman on May 5, 2016 in the hopes of derailing the chances of Duterte from winning the presidential elections.

Trillanes alleged in his complaint Duterte kept ghost employees from Davao City which may have funded his P2.4 billion worth of deposits.

“Knowing that this frivolous case was terminated by the Ombudsman, Sen. Trillanes now seeks to have another Senate hearing on the matter to convince the public about his garbage junked by the Ombudsman,” Calida said.

“The Senate should stop this non-sense investigation,” he stressed.